I love talking with friends about books. Today, my author friend +Maxine Thomas (Once Upon a Fable) stopped by the church office while waiting to pick up her grandson from school. Naturally, the talk turned to books. The conversation started when I showed her a crocheted sleeve for my e-reader that I made from a book, and we went from there.
We agreed that while e-readers are great for travel, and for those books you may not necessarily want taking up space on your bookshelf, there is nothing like having a real book in your hands. With a paper-and-ink book you can make notes, highlight it, mark it up, love it. Can’t do that with a piece of machinery!
Of course, her grandson is appalled that Maxine writes in her books, so I imagine I’d get the same reaction from him if he ever say mine! Writing in our favorite books becomes a way to identify with the characters or the message, to cross-reference facts, to make notes of what we have learned.
For me, this habit is especially evident in my Bibles. (I confess that I have several different ones – study Bibles, key word Bibles, different translations.) All of them are highlighted, underlined. Margins are filled with notes from my studying or from a sermon. Some places look like flow charts, with circles and arrows and symbols. But why?
For me, it is a reminder. When I see certain symbols or colors, I remember what that passage spoke to me about, how it related to my life. Sometimes I find an encouragement, sometimes a warning. But always I find a friend – in every place I have written, I find Jesus conversing with me. It’s a precious thing.
And after all, isn’t that what it’s all about – our relationship to the best friend we can ever have, Jesus?
(Oh, and by the way, check out Maxine’s book Very Truly Yours !)